Scales of Justice
As I was busy perusing the headlines this morning one thing stood boldly out. It seems evertbody is suing or is about to sue everybody else. In this Bizarro world senario innovation is giving way to litigation. Apple is suing Amazon over use of the AppStore name; Microsoft is suing Barnes and Noble over Android e-readers; Small carriers are considering blocking the AT&T/T-Mobile deal.Those are just a start. I think I will soon post a page that attempts to keep track of the latest forays into the courts and through the vaulted “Halls of Justice”.
4/1 Addendum: Even though it’s April’s Fool day, this is no joke:
MICROSOFT IS FILING AN ANTITRUST COMPLAINT AGAINST GOOGLE WITH THE EU.
Alleging anticompetitive behavior.
4/19/11 Addendum: Apple Suing Samsung over Galaxy Smartphones and tablets!
What the Segue did for walking the yikebike is ready to do for biking or as a commuting appliance. The Yikebike is a miniature mobile electronic bike of sorts made of carbon fiber on sale now, its weighs 10.8 kilograms and folds so small enough to fit in a backpack, it can go15 mph. Its problem is range one – its limited range of just 10 kilometers. Now there is an extender battery pack that provides an additional 10 kilometer. Each battery costs US$195 and weighs 1.95kg and there’s a special backpack to carry multiple batteries so it becomes a fairly practical option. It prices in around $3600.
It has a bit of a learning curve, but once mastered Yikebike provides quick transport and convienience. In the coming moths it will be interesting to see how these devices do. They are revolutionary devices that have won or placed well in every major design award for which it has competed. This includes winning the cover of Time Magazine’s Invention of the Year issue in 2009.
As a transport alternative Yikebike makes a whole lot of sense, and now that it is actually on sale, it will be very interesting to see how it fares in the realworld marketplace. Bon Voyage!
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